The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, said the bane of Nigerian politics was the desperation among politicians ” that  continue to characterise Nigeria’s politics”

He said solution to Nigeria’s problems might be long until servant leadership is practised .

“The way forward is demonstrable service, underpinned by genuine and selfless love; considering others first before self; sacrificial love and service, accountability to God and people as well as self-evaluation as a means to enhance performance,” he said.

Primate Okoh said this on Friday at the 2019 University of Ibadan Alumni Association lecture entitled: ‘Servant leadership: Remedy for Politics of Desperation in Nigeria’.


Primate Okoh urged Nigerians to take a cue from Jesus Christ who remained the foremost servant leader of all times.

The Primate further recommended reorientation of Nigerians to internalise servant leadership attributes for the good of the nation.

“A way forward should be to reduce the financial reward of political office holders at the three levels of government so that only those ready to serve would come forward.

“The religious bodies should recapture the teachings on sacrifice, commitment, humility and self-denial which have fallen victim in our popular religion today.

“Monetary requirement for buying nomination forms from political parties should be constitutionally reduced so that a poor man can afford it,” he added.

Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, stated that the problem of Nigeria was leadership.

“Nigeria is in dire need of servant leadership; the Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or the inability of its leaders to rise to its responsibility of the challenges of personal examples which is the hallmark of true leaders.

“A large percentage of Nigerian politicians or aspiring ones are interested in governance for the selfish reason of acquisition of wealth.

“It is the manner in which politics is played and what the people who seek power use it for that shape governance and development of a nation,” Olayinka said.



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